The political issues raised by the media ban on UK far-right leader Tommy Robinson By Thomas Scripps

15 March 2019 — WSWS

UK far-right leader Tommy Robinson has been banned from a growing list of social media outlets.

Last week, Amazon blocked the sale of Robinson’s Islamophobic diatribe on the Quran, co-authored with another far-right figure, Peter McLoughlin. In February, he was permanently banned from Facebook and Instagram, following a Twitter ban in March 2018 and a PayPal ban in November 2018. YouTube suspended advertising on his account this January and is under pressure to bar his account.

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Under the spotlight: European assistance to the ‘War on Terror’ drone strikes

14 March 2019 — Drone Warfare

President Donald Trump, who has stepped up the use of drones in Somalia and other areas, recently revoked a requirement for U.S. intelligence officials to give public reports listing the number of civilians killed in drone strikes and other attacks on terrorist targets outside war zones – a practice which was part of an accountability effort to minimize civilian deaths from drone strikes. The House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, however, has announced that he will seek to reimpose the intelligence community’s reporting on civilian casualties through a provision in this year’s Intelligence Authorization Act.

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Revealed: The thousands of public spaces sold by cash-strapped councils

14 March 2019 — Bureau of Investigative Journalism

12,000+ public buildings and spaces
sold off in the last five years

In a major collaboration involving dozens of reporters around the country and a week of stories with Huff Post UK, the Bureau revealed the true scale of the local government funding crisis. It has become so dire that councils are being forced to sell thousands of public spaces, such as libraries, community centres and playgrounds – and many are using the money to fund redundancies. Read the full investigation here.
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Cambridge University’s planned involvement with military propaganda programme exposed By Emanuele Saccarelli and Meenakshi Jagadeesan

13 March 2019 — WSWS

Cambridge University made a bid to take part in a military propaganda scheme designed by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

In 2017, the MoD announced it was seeking an academic partner to create a centre to conduct psychological research in its efforts to build a stronger military. As part of the Human Social Science Research Capability (HSSRC) programme, according to an MoD presentation, the centre would be involved in the “targeted manipulation of information in the virtual and physical domains to shape attitudes and beliefs in the cognitive domain.”

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The “Museum of Communist Terror”: Institute of historical falsification planned for London By Thomas Scripps

12 March 2019 — WSWS

A network of extreme Brexiteer Tories and right-wing media figures plan to establish a “Museum of Communist Terror” in London.

This would be the first such project outside of a former Stalinist state, marking a major right-wing offensive in British politics. Its proponents hope to bury the popular appeal of socialism under a mountain of lies, to legitimate the far right and provide a spur to a devastating programme of social counterrevolution.

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Anti-Semitism Pandemic! By C J Hopkins

11 March 2019 — Greanville Post 

Get the kids into the house! Lock your doors! Board up the windows! Break out the gas masks and hazmat suits! According to the corporate media, we are now officially deep in the throes of a deadly anti-Semitism pandemic! And just as the threat of mind-controlling Russian influencers was finally waning! It seems the fabric of Western democracy just can’t catch a break these days.

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England and Wales Authority Issues Licences to Property Developers to Kill Protected Robins, Starlings, Blackbirds, Sparrows, Bullfinches By Tom Pride

11 March 2019 — Pride’s Purge

Natural England and Natural Resources Wales have mysteriously given the go-ahead for protected species such as robins, starlings, blackbirds and bullfinches to be shot: Licences granted to kill multiple Red-listed species

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Skripal: One Year Later Some Things are Clearer By James ONeill

9 March 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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This past week (4 March 2019) saw the first anniversary of the incident in Salisbury England where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia became ill in a public space in the centre of town. Within a very short time (12th March) and before evidence could possibly have been adduced, United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May was making a statement in the House of Commons attributing blame to Russia.

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London Metropolitan Police cite Grenfell Inquiry to justify not pressing criminal charges By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden

9 March 2019 — WSWS

End collaboration with the inquiry now!

London’s Metropolitan Police will not press any charges regarding the 72 deaths at Grenfell Tower until “the latter part of 2021.” They justify this extraordinary admission by citing the need to wait for the government inquiry into Grenfell to complete its business.

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Pure: Ten Points I Just Can’t Believe About the Official Skripal Narrative By Craig Murray

8 March 2019 — Craig Murray

I still do not know what happened in the Skripal saga, which perhaps might more respectfully be termed the Sturgess saga. I cannot believe the Russian account of Boshirov and Petrov, because if those were their real identities, those identities would have been firmly established and displayed by now. But that does not mean they attempted to kill the Skripals, and there are many key elements to the official British account which are also simply incredible.

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Jewish Labour Movement was refounded to fight Corbyn By Asa Winstanley

8 March 2019 — Electronic Intifada

Jeremy Newmark, sitting between disgraced Israeli embassy agent Shai Masot and Israeli ambassador Mark Regev at a private meeting during Labour’s 2016 conference. Newmark is seen in undercover Al Jazeera footage giving the ambassador “intelligence.” (Al Jazeera/YouTube)

The Jewish Labour Movement was revived in 2015 to battle Jeremy Corbyn, The Electronic Intifada can reveal.

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